Natural oils are great options when it comes to moisturizing the skin, as they can mimic some of the components in the skin’s natural protective barriers, and they don’t contain any additives. “Olive oil contains vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols, which are plant fats that are moisturizing,” says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. Olive oil can be applied to both the face and body. If it feels too heavy, dilute it with a little water before applying.
Coconut oil is not only a good natural face moisturizer, but it is useful for all over the body as well. “Coconut oil is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, and is great for all dry skin, including eczema-prone, allergic skin,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD. “Use it as a moisturizing cream at bedtime or anytime, especially after patting yourself dry after a bath or shower. “For chapped heels and hands, apply the oil, then layer with thick socks or non-latex gloves,” she adds.